Well met, crusaders!
Today I present to you an infographic that will guide you on your journey. This infographic breaks down MMORPG mechanics that influence Social Interaction. Next to each core mechanic are lists of possible ways to increase social interaction in MMORPGs.
We have to understand that MMORPGs are meant to have Social Interaction. The best way to do this is to make sure MMORPG mechanics and gameplay present ways that force players to interact with others. The possible ways to doing PvP, PvE or Trading can influence the way players play with each other. Ask yourself; what are some other ways that can increase Social Interaction in MMORPGs?
The truth is in the design!
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For those that have just joined, I go by the name Raistmere. Just like you, I am a MMORPG player. My passion lies in the design of MMORPGs. As a student of video game design, I seek to bring back the roots of what MMORPGs were design for.
Wolfshead. (2011, February 9). MMOs were originally designed to be shared social experiences. Wolfshead Online: MMORPG Design and Commentary. Retrieved from http://www.wolfsheadonline.com/mmos were-originally-designed-to-be-shared-socialexperiences/#a3ac3
Yee, N. (2006). The Psychology of MMORPGs: Motivations, Emotional Investment, Relationships, and Problematic Usage. Avatars at Work and Play: Collaboration and Interaction in Shared VirtualEnvironments, 187-207. Retrieved from http://www.nickyee.com/daedalus/archives/02_04/Yee_Book_Chapter.pdf